Beneath a Steel Sky is a dystopian future adventure game developed by Revolution Software and published by Virgin Interactive Entertainment in 1994 for Amiga, Amiga CD32, and DOS. The game was declared freeware in 2003.
The game takes place in the bleak future version of Australia as you take on the role of Robert Foster. Abandoned as a baby, he is taken in by a local tribe. As an adult, he watches his adoptive family and their village get destroyed as he is taken away by big city goons. Managing to escape after a chopper crash with the help of his little robot friend, Joey, he has to escape the city. Using a point-and-click interface, you must interact with the world around you to find ways to progress. Networking is also crucial as city inhabitants can aid you in your escape. Utilizing the same game engine as Revolution’s premier game, Lure of the Temptress, it sets itself apart from many adventure games regarding handling. Your character can also die, another departure from traditional adventure games. Beneath a Steel Sky has a solemn tone but is broken up with well-timed humor and excellent dialogue.
Beneath a Steel Sky was released to incredibly positive reviews and is one of Revolution’s most successful titles. It is considered a cult classic in its own right, but true adventurers will not want to miss this one.